Licenses

Coin Operated Amusements Devises

A license is required for electronic or mechanical amusement devices within the Village. An application must be submitted to the Village Clerk. The annual fee is $50.00 for each device and is due annually on January 1.  All issued licenses expire on December 31 the following year.

Liquor Licenses

A retail liquor dealer’s license is required to sell or offer for sale at retail in the Village any alcoholic liquor. All Liquor License requests are handled by the Village Liquor Commissioner who is also the Village President. Please contact the Village Clerk at 815-675-2121 to obtain information about the process.

There are three types of Liquor Licenses, a daily permit, an event permit, and an annual liquor license.

Annual Liquor Licenses. A new annual liquor license must start with the submission of an application and $1,000 non refundable application fee to the Liquor Commissioner.  All application requirements contained in Chapter 9 of the Village of Spring Grove Municipal Code must be followed. Current Liquor License renewals must be completed by April 30 each year.

Liquor license applicants are reviewed by the Police Department. The application review includes fingerprinting of owners and make take from four to six weeks and background checks on all employees who serve and sell liquor. Inaccurate, incomplete, and questionable answers will lead to delays in the process and may impact approval of the application. Changes of managers at liquor license establishments must be registered with the Village Liquor Commissioner.

Daily Liquor License Requests. The Liquor Commissioner may grant a Daily Permit for the retail sale of beer and wine by any nonprofit organization or fundraising event located within the village, such as a church, order or lodge, veterans’ organization, civic organization or other similar organization at any picnic, fundraising event or similar function sponsored by such organization or fundraising event. No more than five Daily Permits will be issued during a one year period and the permit is valid for only one day. A written request detailing the day, event, and purpose must be received by the Liquor Commissioner.  The request will be processed promptly upon receipt of all the necessary information and the Daily Permit fee of $5 per hour with a minimum fee of $10.

Event Permit Requests. The  Liquor Commissioner may grant an Event Permit for the retail sale of beer and wine by any nonprofit organization or fundraising event located within the village, such as a church, order or lodge, veterans’ organization, civic organization or other similar organization at any picnic, club or similar function sponsored by such organization or fundraising event.No more than two event permits shall be issued to any one such organization or club during a one year period. An event shall be limited to no more than four consecutive days. The request will be processed promptly upon receipt of all the necessary information and the Event Permit fee of $100 per day.

Temporary Permit Requests. The  Liquor Commissioner may grant an Temporary Permit for the retail sale of beer and wine by the holder of a Class A or Class C license on specified dates at locations in the Village, other than the licensed premises. No more than 10 temporary permits shall be issued to any one licensee during a 1 year period. A temporary permit shall be limited to no more than 3 days. The request will be processed promptly upon receipt of all the necessary information and the Temporary Permit fee of $50 per day.

BASSET Training

Raffle and Poker Licenses

A license is required for any organization to conduct raffles or poke runs within the Village. License shall be issued to a bona fide service, religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, education or veteran organizations that operate without profit to their members and which have been in existence continuously for a period of five years immediately before making application.  All provisions of Article 9 of Chapter 10 must be met.  An application must be submitted to the President no fewer than 30 days before the raffle.

Raffle Manager. The application shall designate an individual to serve as raffle manager, who will oversee the operation and conduct of the raffle.  This individual shall give a fidelity bond in an amount of $5,000 or of the aggregate value of prizes to be rewarded, whichever is higher. The organization can request a waiver of the bond by including with the application a statement that the organization agreed to the bond waiver through a unanimous vote of the members of the organization.

Records. Each licensed organization must keep records of its gross receipts, expenses and net proceeds for each raffle.

Solicitation

The Village of Spring Grove requires that you have a Village Solicitation Permit for door-to-door sales to residents. The following will help guide you through the permitting process:

  1. You must file with the Village Clerk a properly completed solicitation permit application.
  2. Complete details regarding the application requirements can be found in Article 2 of Chapter 8 of the Village’s Municipal Code, but include the provision of personally identifying information on the individual(s) and the business(s) intending to solicit as well as a description of the subject matter, purpose and method of solicitation and the dates for which a permit is being sought.
  3. The application review includes a Background Check, Fingerprinting which costs $40 – $55 per individual and may take from four to eight weeks.
  4. The Chief of Police will review the application along with supplemental materials and information and issue an approval or denial decision
  5. Failure to obtain a permit can result in fines of up to $50.00 per occurrence.

No Solicitation. The Village of Spring Grove understands and appreciates residents’ preferences for privacy.  Article 2 of Chapter 8 of the Village’s Municipal Code states that no person shall solicit at any premises that has posted on or near its principal entrance a sign bearing the works “no trespassing”, “no peddlers” or “no solicitors”.  You may obtain a “No Solicitors Invited” of “Only Solicitors Registered in Spring Grove Invited” weatherproof card from the Administration Office at a cost of $2.00.

Tobacco License

A retail tobacco dealer’s license is required in order to sell any tobacco or tobacco product within the Village.  A separate tobacco license is required for each individual location where tobacco or tobacco products are sold.  The fee is $100 for each license.  The license expires annually on December 31. An application must be submitted to the Village Clerk.  The applicant must meet the standards set forth in Article 3 of Chapter 8.

Video Gaming Terminals

It is unlawful to keep, place, maintain or operate any gambling device in locations where alcoholic liquor is sold or given away, without first having obtained a license.  A license may be obtained if the use and placement of a gambling device is in compliance with the Video Gaming Act (230 ILCS 40/1 et seq.), as amended.  In order to obtain a license, an application must be filed with the Village Clerk and approval granted by the Village President.

The applicant must obtain proper federal and state licenses and exhibit proof of said licenses with the application.  The maximum number of terminals per licensee is five.  The application fee is $25 per terminal and is due annually on May 1.  The licenses expires annually on April 30.